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Swaswara

Swaswara

Goa, India

‘Swaswara’ means listening to your inner voice. It is the name of the Ayurvedic centre where we spent eight days…

Hotel Schgaguler

Hotel Schgaguler

South Tyrol, Italy

The chestnut (Castanea sativa, Mill. 1768) is a stately and long-lived tree. It has always been a symbol of generosity, since its fruits can feed the mountain people. At Schgaguler Hotel, the warm and solid walls of chestnut wood refresh your sight and touch. The perfect embrace of their natural tone strikes you immediately…

Santa Clara 1728

Santa Clara 1728

Lisbon, Portugal

São Vicente, Lisbon, Portugal. “This is where our friendship begins”. This is the message we sent on WhatsApp to the owners of the Santa Clara 1728 hotel during our travels. That morning we were leaving Lisbon, driving over the Vasco de Gama bridge towards Arraiolos in the Alentejan countryside, to reach their farm for a few days…

Malga Gostner

Malga Gostner

South Tyrol, Italy

Franz Muller’s cuisine tastes like malga, meadows and woods. Each ingredient is either fresh or matured here. “We’ve got everything we need,” he often says..

Sketch

Sketch

Lombardy, Italy

You may not know that the first successful hybrid by Nazareno Strimpelli was the Carlotta wheat, named after his wife and assistant Carlotta Parisani. Among the numerous Semente Elette (select seeds) that the revolutionary agronomist, politician and geneticist created, you can find specialities such as the famous Senatore Cappelli and the Ardito, a soft wheat rich in proteins and with little gluten…

L’Ambasciata

L’Ambasciata

Lombardy, Italy

If everyone has a gift, not all of us are free and fearless enough to foster it. Romano Tamani had both the liberty and the braveness to leave Quistello and go to work as a cook in London first, and then to come back to Quistello and create with his brother Carlo a cult place/temple of the Mantuan Gonzaga cuisine in the old family house…

La Clinica Gastronomica Arnaldo

La Clinica Gastronomica Arnaldo

Emilia Romagna, Italy

Saturday is market day in Rubiera. We cross the general gaiety that enlivens the routine of towns and neighbourhoods every week and go to Arnaldo’s for lunch. Therefore, we are in the right mood when we read the menu…

Mercado Sagrado

Mercado Sagrado

I stepped into the canyon with an idea of what Mercado Sagrado could had been. The peaceful atmosphere, the sky and the trees of the canyon, the feeling of western town flowers, hats, crystal, the crafty handbags, music…

Riad Mena & Beyond

Riad Mena & Beyond

Marrakech, Africa

Every time you walk through the rooms and courts of this nobiliary riad in the medina, you will feel like you are in a dream. The dream of a mother, who found her pleasant retreat here, and the dream of her daughter Philomena, who devoted this house to creative, intimate, authentic and happily unclassifiable reception…

Hija de Sanchez

Hija de Sanchez

Copenaghen, Denmark

Whoever decides to tell Rosio Sanchéz’s story will have to start from the phone call during which René Redzepi offered her a job as Noma’s confectioner. She begins, instead, from her childhood in Chicago and her precocious passion for sweets, which has its origin in a family kitchen where Mexico and the USA met…

Leon’s Oyster Shop

Leon’s Oyster Shop

Charleston, United States

To us, Charleston is a bridge over River Ashley, a storm in the Southeast, a dusty cloth shop, and a sage-green Victorian façade. And also a Saturday night at the corner between King and First where young people from the neighbourhood drink beer together at the pub while a team of thirty-year-olds prepares and serves perfect bowls of Raw/Grilled Oysters, Fried Chicken, Shrimp Roll and Cole Slaw in an old garage renamed Leon’s.

Broholm Castle

Broholm Castle

Fyn, Denmark

Thirteen generations of the same family. Seven hundred years. Nineteen rooms, six hundred and twenty hectares of vegetable garden, forest and gardens. Apricot-coloured bricks, high clouds and woods. Quiet ducks, busy insects, waterlilies…

SanBrite

SanBrite

Veneto, Italy

Pinecones and branches come from the wood, the vegetables from the home garden, cheese, butter and milk from the in-house dairy, and the fresh pasta from the family’s malga. SanBrite is, first of all, an act of love towards one’s own land and roots…

Villa Tereze

Villa Tereze

“The only true voyage of discovery would be not to visit strange lands but to…

Vanira Lodge

Vanira Lodge

Tahiti, South Pacific

Tahiti is an island and, at the same time, a people always keeping an eye on the ocean and another one on the mountains. They pray to the water and then to the forest, as if they were two symbiotic beings. Vanira lodge lies on a hill, steep enough to plunge into light dawns and deep sunsets, high enough to touch star-quilted night skies, close enough to Teahupoo’s waves to hear them rumble, close enough to the mountains to climb them. A green hill on the southern coast of Tahiti Iti, la Presqu’île, the wild part of the island, the one we love more. Evening comes quickly with the taste of lobster with honey, and morning comes quickly with the smell of coconut bread and banana and mango jam. ‘Fare’ is the word for ‘house’…

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